Mayor Corey Booker, In Officiating News Jersey's First Gay Marriages, Fantastically Slaps Down Protestor

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Mayor Corey Booker, In Officiating News Jersey's First Gay Marriages, Fantastically Slaps Down Protestor

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | October 22, 2013 | Comments ()


Mayor Corey Booker — or, should I say Senator-elect Corey Booker — presided over the marriage of seven gay couples yesterday morning seconds after midnight, after New Jersey became the 14th state to allow gay marriages (and Governor Chris Christie also decided against appealing yesterday). It was the first time that Booker had officiated a wedding ceremony, having lifted his personal ban. “I made a decision as mayor … that I would not marry anybody until I could marry everybody,” Booker said. “I’m so happy I did this, and I did it in the right way.”

During the gleeful ceremony of Joseph Panessidi and Orville Bell, the first gay couple to be married in New Jersey, there was, unfortunately, a shout-y anti-gay marriage protestor in the midst. Looking to disrupt the ceremony, the protestor shouted “this is unlawful in the eyes of God!”

Booker’s response was priceless. Skip to the 2:00 mark for the brilliant slap down.

(via The Daily Banter)

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  • RobynRobotron

    I fell in love with him for his statements in Miss Representation. With this he has surpassed that awesomeness, I can't wait to see what he does in the future.

  • So, TK and SLW now have a new response to their commenters...

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    I have had a really shitty day and this is the first good thing I've seen. Thank you.

  • chrisahl

    So proud to share even a fleeting congruity with this guy.

  • sanity fair

    That was priceless! Also, he seemed happier to be marrying the two gentlemen to each other than they were in getting married. So fucking adorable!

    I do believe he is now officially on my Pajiba 10 list.

  • Green Lantern

    Nice job, Mr. Mayor.

  • Drake

    Last December I shared a train at the Atlanta Airport with Cory Booker. A little old lady engaged him and he was gracious and generous with her, when he obviously had nothing to gain from it (no press or even other people around).
    He got a lot of respect from me for that.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Cory Booker has been fantastic for years now about pushing for marriage equality in New Jersey. As someone who knows gay couples there who now get to finally wed, I tip my hat off to him and his palpable excitement at being able to serve his citizens this way.

  • Andrew

    Is that actually a thing? Where you have to ask if there's any objections or reasons the couple can't get married? Cause I've been to a few weddings and I've never heard it. I just figured it was something done just on TV for dramatic effect.

    And what if someone does have an objection? Does the ceremony just stop?

    "Does anyone have any objections or reasons this couple shouldn't get married?"

    "Yes", shouts a man in the back, "They shouldn't get married because I'm in love with the groom! He's secretly gay!"

    "Well, sorry you two. The ceremony is called off."



    Other than that, very cool.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The Daily Show mentioned last night that, as Booker says, it's required by law in NJ to ask the queston.

    But it does have to be a "substantive" objection, not just an airing of the grievances, if you will. I suppose any serious objections would be mentally processed and then either ignored or yeah, call of the wedding (I mean, if someone stood up at my wedding and said, 'he can't marry you; we're still married!' it would slow me down some)

  • Bananapanda

    Really Andrew? Every wedding I've gone to (Catholic and Episcopalian churches mostly) has a "Does anyone know of any reason why these two cannot be joined in marriage? Speak now or forever hold your piece moment" to the ceremony.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    That ceremony was beautiful and made my day.

    As I was watching this I was smiling from ear to ear, what a class act.

    Then I reminded myself that the "Christian" yelling obscenities at those gentlemen, in one of the happiest days of their lifes, might as well be an uncle of mine spouting such hatred because, unfortunately, I have THAT type of family.

    You are indeed lucky to have a mayor such as Corey Booker.

  • manting

    I like Booker (ive been to a fundraiser or two for him) and think he has been a great mayor but as a senator he is a little to tight with wall street and the financial sector for me to be comfortable. His smack down was not a smack down but a rational and reasoned response to religious extremists views. Simply make people laugh at them and they will go away - laughter is deadly to people and views like this.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I like Booker, but I wonder if he's going to get mired in being one of many rather than an executive. Like trying to picture Bloomberg as a senator. (ahahahahahaha)

  • I think the whole "Executive Experience" argument for someone's viability as a Presidential candidate is waning. Booker's time in the Senate is clearly planned as a pit-stop on the road to the White House and I think he's pretty much just following the template that has been shown to work for success on the left side of the aisle. The GOP is a little more hardline about that executive experience and while I think Booker could be a great governor the writing has been on the wall for a while now that his talents will probably be wasted at the state level (not saying I agree, just relating my view of the common wisdom).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Oh, I don't think you need executive experience for the White House. I'm just doubtful he'll be efficacious in the Senate, and if he's not, that will backfire. Or maybe, a la Obama, he'll be there so short a time that it won't matter. But I kinda feel that the American public won't go in for that sort of deja vu. I hope he doesn't try to rush things, though he's young enough that he can afford to run & fail to get the nom in 2016.

  • Full agreement. although as Manting mentioned I think he's playing the long game and looking towards 2020 or even 24, which is the smart play.

  • manting

    2016 is Hillary.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That would be why he runs and loses the nomination. Though I'm hoping it is not Hillary.

  • There's probably temptation from both camps to run them together as a ticket, but I hope they avoid that as I think it'll damage Booker in the long run as I have a hard time seeing a 68 year old woman elected president (again, not agreeing with the sentiment, just the sense I get).

  • manting

    Hillary can beat anyone who the repubs put up. Ted Cruz? Paul Ryan? Chris Christie is their only chance and he is too "liberal" for most of the republican party. He will also get hammered by his primary opponents for being to close to Obama and the federal govt, soft on gay marriage, soft on abortion and that he believes the earth is round and older than 6 thousand years.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I disagree in your assessment of Christie's chances. He's been presenting an anti-gay marriage stance in NJ, he's got a big personality, and I do think there is a good chance that a moderate Republican base out there is just exhausted with all these extremists - they are looking for another guy like McCain, who can work in a partisan fashion. But we'll see. Christie is flatly rude on many occasions, and I really dislike that, all politics aside.

  • Maguita NYC

    Ted Cruz cannot run. He is not a natural-born citizen (born in Canada.... tsk Canada, Cruz AND Bieber?! ;))

    Unless he changes the rules, like often GOP are opt to do lately, but then it would make the Sperminator eligible as well. Ugh.

  • manting

    he is a natural born citizen under the law. Even though he was born in Canada, he was still born to an american mother and it is through her he derives his citizenship. Like if your parents are overseas in France for work and you are born there, you would still be a US citizen. Only someone who acquires their citizenship through the naturalization process cannot run for president. Like Arnold for example. Or if you renounce your US citizenship at some point I guess.

  • Uriah_Creep

    (born in Canada.... tsk Canada, Cruz AND Bieber?! ;))

    How many times will I have to apologize for this? HOW MANY TIMES???

  • Maguita NYC

    Oh come on! We need to tease you mercilessly for you somehow still in this day and age have your polite politicians, and your publicly funded socialist health care!

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well OK then. Celine Dion was on her way to your place to teach you some manners, but I've asked her to return to Vegas.

  • Abby

    Cory Booker and new LA Mayor Eric Garcetti are good friends from their days as students at Oxford, which is the most fitting thing ever, because they're two of the only politicians that I feel really see themselves as public servants, and I couldn't be more proud of them.

    I also loved, after "you may kiss your spouse," "you may hug your mayor!" His days of being able to say that are limited now, hope he takes advantage of it!

  • dizzylucy

    I agree - I've been following Booker's career for a while now, and I have to say I've been impressed with the dedication to actually trying to help the people of his city, and people in general.

    I was really pleased to go vote for him last week (in the special election Christie chose that cost our Sandy battered state multi-millions of dollars when we could have just voted 3 weeks later in November, and which only got 24% turn out, but anyway...) and I hope he is able to do some good in the Senate. I can't imagine trying to get anything done in that level of government, so I hope he doesn't get discouraged easily.

  • Booker is no fool - he knew there was a strong possibility of protestors and must have had that line in the can loaded up and ready to deliver. He seemed pretty excited to get to unleash it, as well he should have been.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I am not saying he did, and I am pretty sure he probably didn't, but I would have planted someone to make a ruckus just in case so I could do a verbal smackdown. Of course, I might be a bit more Orwellian then Mr. Booker.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    A guy yelled the same thing at me the other day while I was eating shrimp. What a dick.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    *slow clap*

    [clap strictly adhering to Levitican doctrine on appropriate time of month and state of purity for a woman to applaud]

  • e jerry powell

    Or even be in the presence of a man to applaud.

    (You know Diamanda Galas would be having a field day.)

  • manting

    why dont they ever yell it at Tebow? He is working on the sabbath (ok he used to) and he is handling the skin of a pig.

  • e jerry powell

    The excessive amount of geek TV that I watch on a daily basis prompts me to be a geek:

    "Pigskin" comes from a time before the invention of rubber, when the inflatable cores of sports balls were made of pig's bladders, being the most durable and easily accessible things available at the time. The bladder was covered with leather, but leather not made from a pig's hide.

    Nowadays, the more reliable and easier-to-inflate rubber is used instead of pig bladders, and the outer shell is uniformly made of cowhide leather.

    I know, the thread of conversation was sarcastic, but "How It's Made" has taken over the pod in my skull.

    And really? Tim Tebow can suck it.

  • simplysarah

    This is great. Mr. Booker looked just as excited to be marrying these couples as the couples getting married. His reaction was classy. I have happy tears in my eyes from this.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Brilliant. The couple's response is priceless.

    All I could think of after was this:

  • InternetMagpie

    I can't watch it right yet, so I hope his response is just "So's your face."

    I love you, Boyfriend Cory Booker.

  • e jerry powell

    That would have been good too.

  • BWeaves

    Oh, he kept it classy.

  • Maguita NYC

    "And NOT hearing any substantive objections (loud applause and very smiling happy faces), I now will proceed here with the vows. Do you Joseph..."

    White old "Christian" men who had been trying to falsely represent the United States of America should take note: THIS is serving the people who elected you. THIS is what real Christianity is all about: Treating others equally and with respect.

    The nation is lucky to have a Cory Booker fighting for her rights.

  • cgthegeek

    They will conveniently forget that "forever hold your peace" part too.

  • manting

    that he is as close as we will get to batman doesnt hurt either.

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